It all started by accident
We launched the first prayer room in a warehouse on the south coast of England way back in 1999. Why? Well... 1. Prayer's pretty much the heart of everything else in the Christian life 2. We were really, really bad at it…
And then God sneezed
Surprisingly, young people flocked to that first prayer room, even at night. They prayed with words, graffiti and weird music. And God seemed to like it a lot in there. Even atheists said they could feel His presence. And then one day God sneezed and the whole thing went viral…
The vision…
A poem scribbled on the prayer room wall suddenly took on a life of its own. Within weeks The Vision had reached 100,000 underground churches in China, 400,000 young people in Washington DC, and it had been choreographed in Spain and remixed by DJs from Sweden to NYC.
The virus
The last time we counted, that first prayer room had touched more than two million people in more than 10,000 prayer rooms in most denominations and more than half the nations on earth. Today we’re still praying non-stop, night-and-day, from the slums of Delhi to a brewery in Missouri to a punk festival in Germany. Oh, and in churches and cathedrals too.
Rock n’ Roll baby!
Along the way this accidental movement of prayer, mission and justice has attracted media attention from Rolling Stone to Reader's Digest. And it's incubated new initiatives like Prayer Spaces in Schools, Order of the Mustard Seed, 24-7 Ibiza, The Prayer Course and Boiler Rooms, a growing global network of prayerful, missional communities committed to spiritual formation and social transformation.
Help spread the virus!
You can read more about our story in Red Moon Rising and Dirty Glory. Why not go and run your very own Prayer Room and see what happens?!
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